“SAE will convene and collaborate with the global mobility community to accelerate the development and deployment of autonomous technologies,” he told AutoParts Asia.
Q: What is your view on the recently-concluded FISITA Congress in India? What is the learning for SAE India?
A: FISITA World Congress 2018 in Chennai was an outstanding success. It proved to the automotive world that India can do a world-class event. SAE India worked hard, backed by its strategic alliance partner SAE International, to make this event meaningful and a showpiece of Indian capabilities. The success of any technical event is primarily judged by the quality of papers. In this case, SAE India received a large number of excellent papers covering all key aspects of mobility engineering. The paper review panel did an excellent job in choosing the very best papers as Congress papers. This has set a new benchmark not only for SAE India but also for other technical bodies. SAE India can now confidently say that it is fully capable of putting up world class technical events in collaboration with its global partners.
Q: How do SAE International and FISITA work together to support global mobility industry?
A: SAE International is one of the key societies of FISITA and has been playing an important role in promoting both FISITA’s and SAE International’s vision and mission. They are similar except that FISITA is a Federation of world automotive societies, and SAE International is a society of individual members. Within that framework, both the organizations work closely to achieve the common goal of serving the humanity through automotive engineers. SAE International support and help FISITA societies from Australia, India, China, Japan, Korea, Romania, Russia and many others.
Q: How does SAE International perceive the evolution in the mobility industry to connected and autonomous?
A: As a neutral convener, SAE is uniquely positioned to develop consensus-based autonomous vehicle safety guidelines. We have taken this approach for automation in the aerospace industry and will use the same methods in the automotive community as we navigate through the major changes facing us. As autonomous vehicles emerge, there is a growing need for communication among vehicles and testing to validate the benefits. Without a framework for connectivity, our infrastructure will not support the evolving technology and consumers will have safety concerns.
From our early identification of the need for standard short-range communications, we understand the safety, transparency and security requirements of the connected infrastructure. We’ve published standards and convened key partners through symposiums to support safe connected vehicle technology development. In 2016, we developed two standards that define connected vehicle standard message sets and communication performance requirements (J2735 and J2945/1).
Q: Autonomous vehicles have become the prior R&D for all OEMs. What are the challenges you see in the automotive landscape from the SAE International perspective?
A: Automated vehicle technologies are advancing, and AVs are being marketed and sold to consumers without safety testing guidelines for their features. This has led to a lack of understanding by the public. SAE has created an ADS Safety Performance Testing Programme to work on the challenges facing AV technology and its adoption. With a commitment to safety, public awareness and workforce readiness, SAE will convene and collaborate with the global mobility community to accelerate the development and deployment of autonomous technologies. We’ve already developed four standards around AVs including J3016, J3114, J3018 and J3131 (in progress.)